27 January

Why it’s worth working on your English in good time

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Why it’s worth working on your English in good time

  When people ask me to support them in improving their English, they’re in one of two typical situations. In the first case, they want to be prepared for the future – whether that’s a couple of months or a couple of years away. Maybe they’re aiming for a new job. Or perhaps they recognise […]

29 March

Feelings of a non-native speaker

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Feelings of a non-native speaker

One of my most embarrassing moments came when I’d been in Germany for a year or so.   In the middle of a disagreement, a friend of a friend mentioned something annoying I’d done a couple of weeks previously – ancient history for a twenty-year-old. So to show that I found it hard to understand […]

18 January

Lessons to learn from marathon runners

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Lessons to learn from marathon runners

  I’ve never run a marathon and I think it’s safe to say I never will. But over the years I’ve had lots of interesting conversations with people who do and who described their training for it. What impressed me was the structured approach they were taking, their staying power and their enthusiasm, not just […]